Premodern Trade in World History

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$8.95
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 12/24/2014
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$34.63
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$26.15
(Save 27%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $25.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 27%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $25.99   
  • New (4) from $34.81   
  • Used (4) from $25.99   

Overview

Trade and commerce are among the oldest, most pervasive, and most important of human activities, serving as engines for change in many other human endeavors.

This far-reaching study examines the key theme of trading in world history, from the earliest signs of trade until the long-distance trade systems such as the famous Silk Road were firmly established. Beginning with a general background on the mechanism of trade, Richard L. Smith addresses such basic issues as how and why people trade, and what purpose trade serves. The book then traces the development of long-distance trade, from its beginnings in the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods through early river valley civilizations and the rise of great empires, to the evolution of vast trade systems that tied different zones together.

Topics covered include:

• products that were traded and why;

• the relationship between political authorities and trade;

• the rise and fall of Bronze Age commerce;

• the development of a maritime system centered on the Indian Ocean stretching from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea;

• the integration of China into the world'system and the creation of the Silk Road;

• the transition to a modern commercial system.

Complete with maps for clear visual illustration, this vital contribution to the study of World History brings the story of trade in the premodern period vividly to life.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415424776
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Series: Themes in World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard L. Smith is Professor of History and Williams Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities at Ferrum College, USA. His research interests are in North and West Africa and world history. He is the author of Ahmad al-Mansur: Islamic Visionary (2006) as well as numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly publications.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Maps. Acknowledgements. Preface 1. Some Introductory Musings 2. In the Beginning 3. The First Link 4. Land of Gold 5. Into the Aegean and Out of the Bronze Age 6. Of Purple Men and Oil Merchants 7. Shifting Cores and Peripheries in the Imperial West 8. When India was the Center of the World 9. Following the Periplus 10. The All-Water Route 11. From the Jade Road to the Silk Road 12. The Last Link. Epilogue. Bibliography

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)